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Aug., 2001

ATLANTA - John Ames, formerly of George Washington University and the
Montgomery Dive Club, has been named the diving coach at Georgia Tech,
Head Coach for Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Seth Baron announced
on Thursday.

Ames arrives on the Flats with an impressive resume that includes
guiding one of the largest diving programs in the nation with the
Montgomery Dive Club as the team's associate head coach and leading the
George Washington Colonials to numerous upper-tier Atlantic 10 Conference
finishes in six seasons with the team.

"We are extremely pleased to have John join our staff," said
Baron. "He has a great combination of both college and club coaching
experience. Under John's direction, the divers at George Washington have
been very successful within the Atlantic 10 Conference. In addition, the
Montgomery Dive Club has consistently been ranked in the Top 5 at the
Junior National level, finishing second this summer in Indianapolis."

The success of the Montgomery Dive Club has included multiple
Junior National and Senior National qualifiers, along with a number of
Junior World Championship Qualifiers. With the team, Ames was responsible
for selection team members, designing workouts and coaching and preparing
the team for competition at the national and international level. At
Georgia Washington, under Ames direction, both the men's and women's teams
have finished as high as second in the Atlantic 10, with numerous divers
qualifying for NCAA Zone Championships.

"Im looking forward to the upcoming season here at Georgia Tech,"
said Ames. "I'm optimistic about the diving team being able to produce
points for the team this year and I think that the program has a very
bright future. "I'll look to bring structure and stability to the program
and I look forward to working with Seth because he has shown the ability
to recruit and improve the team in the last few years."

Prior to his tenure with the Montgomery Dive Club and George
Washington, Ames served as an assistant coach with the Northern Virginia
Dive Club following a stint as a graduate assistant and diving coach at
Western Illinois University. Ames was a letterwinner during his collegiate
career at Ohio University, graduating in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in
psychology. While at Western Illinois, he earned a Master of Science
degree in sport administration.

"Having John on the coaching staff will allow Georgia Tech to have
an immediate impact with our diving program, both in the pool and on the
recruiting front," said Baron. "Once the enclosure of the Georgia Tech
Aquatic Center is complete, we will have one of the best diving facilities
in the country. This along with the success of the swimming teams, will
allow us to attract the best available divers to Georgia Tech. We have a
very exciting future ahead of us."


Seth R. Baron
Head Coach
Men & Women's Swimming & Diving
Georgia Tech

150 Bobby Dodd Way, NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0455
404-894-1734 - Office
404-894-8863 - Fax

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